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A latter day Ronsard - after Queneau's Si Tu t'imagines - for alto and guitar

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Setting of a poem by S N Solomons inspired by the poem "Si tu t'imagines" by Raymond Queneau (very different from the Joseph Kosma setting of the original as sung by Juliette Greco!). In the same way that Queneau reflected the "gather ye rosebuds" ideas of Ronsard, the poem here and the music are also neo-renaissance, a sort of 20th century re-imagining of the music with which Ronsard would have been familiar.

The setting is for alto voice and guitar.
(see pdf files for the score and separate guitar part and ogg or mp3 file for the performance (if either is not shown, check "All FIles: HTTP")

The audio sample is the original performance by the composer - with added crumhorn samples. The crumhorns are, of course, optional and would merely follow the guitar part, if they were available.

(One textual change since the recording:
"talons of blood" is changed to "fine varnished nails")


Si tu t'imagines
Si tu t'imagines, fillette fillette
Si tu t'imagines
Qu'ça va qu'ça va qu'ça
Va durer toujours
La saison des a
La saison des a
Saison des amours
Ce que tu te gourres fillette fillette
Ce que tu te gourres
Si tu crois petite
Si tu crois hum hum
Que ton teint de rose
Ta taille de guêpe
Tes mignons biceps
Tes ongles d'émail
Ta cuisse de nymphe
Et ton pied léger
Si tu crois qu'ça va
Qu'ça va qu'ça va qu'ça
Va durer toujours
Ce que tu te gourres fillette fillette
Ce que tu te gourres

Les beaux jours s'en vont
Les beaux jours de fête
Soleils et planètes
Tournent tous en rond
Mais toi ma petite
Tu marches tout droit
Vers c'que tu n'vois pas
Très sournois s'approchent
La ride véloce
La pesante graisse
Le menton triplé
Le muscle avachi
Allons cueille cueille les roses, les roses
Roses de la vie
Roses de la vie
Et que leurs pétales
Soient la mer étale
De tous les bonheurs
De tous les bonheurs
Allons cueille cueille
Si tu le fais pas
Ce que tu te gourres fillette fillette
Ce que tu te gourres


Language English
Collection dwsolo; additional_collections

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